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Social Anthropology:


Ayaz Qureshi

Ayaz Qureshi
Dr Ayaz Qureshi
Lecturer in Medical Anthropology
5.02 Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
+44 (0)131 651 5361
Research Interests
Ethnography, Pakistan, Public health, Bureaucracy, HIV/AIDS, Gender and Development, Neoliberal Governmentality

Guidance and Feedback Hours

  • Friday 10:00 - 12:00 (Semester 1) (I'm available on skype as ayaz.qureshi or you can get in touch on MS Teams)

Ayaz Qureshi has carried out ethnographic fieldwork on HIV/AIDS control in Pakistan. He received his PhD in social anthropology from SOAS. He has been part of a number of research projects in the area of infectious diseases, reproductive and sexual health, and status of women in Pakistan. His research interests include sexual and reproductive health, NGOs, bureaucracy, healthcare systems, and neoliberalization and labour relations. He has published articles in the Journal of Royal Anthropological Institute, Development and Change, Anthropology & Medicine, and Global Public Health.

His recent monograph ‘AIDS in Pakistan: Bureaucracy, Public Goods and NGOs’, is the first full-length study of HIV/AIDS work in relation to government and NGOs. This book encourages readers to reconsider the orthodoxy of policies regarding public-private partnership by critiquing the resulting changes in the bureaucracy, civil society and public goods.

Selected Publications


A. Qureshi (2018) AIDS in Pakistan: Bureaucracy, Public Goods and ‘Civil Society. London: Palgrave Macmillan. 

A. Qureshi and A. Khan (2016) Bonded Labour in PakistanKarachi: Oxford University Press. 

AIDS in Pakistan               Bonded Labour in Pakistan

Journal articles

Qureshi, K, A Qureshi, Z Khawja (2016) Where There is No Weighing Scale: New

born Nourishment and Care in Pakistani Punjab. Women’s Studies International Forum, 60, 128-135

A. Qureshi (2015). AIDS Activism in Pakistan: Diminishing Funds, Evasive State. Development and Change46(2), 320-338

A. Qureshi (2015) The Marketization of HIV/AIDS Governance: Public-Private partnership and Bureaucratic Cultures in Pakistan. The Cambridge Journal of Anthropology, 33 (1): 35-48  

A. Qureshi (2014) ‘Uncivil society: the politics of HIV activism in Pakistan’, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 20(4): 694-710  

A. Qureshi (2014) ‘Up-scaling expectations among Pakistan’s AIDS bureaucrats: enterprising selves and precarious jobs in a hybrid bureaucracy’, Global Public Health, 9(1-2): 72-84.

A. Qureshi (2013) ‘Structural violence and the nation state: HIV and labour migration from Pakistan to the Persian Gulf’, Anthropology and Medicine, 20(3): 209-220.  

Collumbien, M, A. Qureshi, J. Chow (2009) ‘Multiple risks among male and transgender sex workers in Pakistan’. Journal of LGBT Health Research 4(2):71-79

Collumbien, M, S. Mayhew, A. Qureshi (2009) ‘Understanding the context of male and transgender sex work by using PEER qualitative methods’, Sexually Transmitted Infections 85(Suppl II):ii3-ii7.

Mayhew, S, M. Collumbien, A. Qureshi (2009) ‘Protecting the unprotected: drug-use, sex work and rights in Pakistan’s fight against HIV/AIDS’, Sexually Transmitted Infections 85(Suppl II):ii31-ii36

Topics interested in supervising

Health, Migration, Infectious Disease, Global Health, NGOs, Development, Bureaucracy, South Asia, Pakistan

If you are interested in being supervised by Ayaz Qureshi, please see the links below for more information:

PhD in Social Anthropology; PhD in International Development; MSc (R) Social Anthropology; MSc (R) in South Asian Studies